It's safe to say that tablet computing was basically a non-starter until the iPad came around. Then, when the iPad 2 hit shelves earlier this year, things really began to take off - we recall seeing many, many engineers walking around with iPads at this year's major trade shows. Certainly, it's an outward proclamation of your inner uber-geekdom. Your Editor admits to a not-so-secret case of iPad lust, himself.Read More
Plenty of computers and broadcast gear that use computer monitors have been migrating away from traditional analog VGA connections to DVI (Digital Video Interface) outputs. These require newer digital monitors - that SyncMaster from 1998 can finally be safely retired! However, in many studios, equipment is often located away from where its video display must be placed and, although most DVI monitors are shipped with appropriate DVI connection cables, those cables are generally too short at the standard 6-foot length. What to do?Read More
Your Editor remembers, as a boy, reading Larry Niven's classic novel The Mote in God's Eye and marveling at, among other things, Niven's matter-of-fact description of a "pocket computer" with touch-screen and wireless comm link that could easily perform tasks that, at the time, could only be accomplished using something like a DEC PDP/11 (which took up a 6-foot rack and used a teletype machine as its primary interface). Like so many ideas from early Sci-Fi, however, the concept of the pocket computer is now more science than fiction:a company called Fit-PC has just announced a shirt-pocket device with more computing power than the netbook you're reading this on. Called the TrimSlice, it's decked out with a dual-core NVidia Tegra processor, a Gig of memory, 802.11n WiFi, 5.1 audio and HDMI/DVI video. The kicker: TrimSlice consumes just 3 Watts of power - less than the average digicam. Now that we've got this nailed -- how soon can I have a Transporter pad installed in my house?Read More
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